Criminal Practice Clinic Testimonial: Will Anderson, Class of 2020
Participating in the Criminal Practice Clinic was one of the best decisions I made while at Law School. I represented real clients all the way from discovery to actual resolution of their cases. Additionally, I was able to represent clients in Bond Court in front of a Magistrate Judge and even counseled a client who wished to plead for time served! Regardless of whether a student is interested in Criminal Law though, the Clinic offers a unique opportunity to practice and hone oral advocacy skills in court in front of South Carolina Judges.
The Clinic was also a wonderful chance to hone legal writing and research skills. Over the course of the semester I drafted all types of discovery motions from Rule 5 motions to 404(b) motions requiring disclosure of prior bad acts. I also spent time researching defenses for Clients and analyzing the issues specific to their case to help mount a vigorous defense.
In conclusion, I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with Professor Gaines. The Clinic made me a more seasoned advocate and gave me a unique opportunity to practice law as a student. I would highly encourage students to take this Clinic in their final year as they will gain invaluable courtroom experience and will be writing and filing motions with the court – which is exactly what many lawyers do each and every day in practice.